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And here's my second and final [livejournal.com profile] lambliffbigbang art post! I thought doing art for two authors would be a piece of cake, but in actuality, it's quite a lot of work! In any case, it was an honor to work with [livejournal.com profile] sulwen, who I admire and adore as a person deeply.

During the course of this process, she sent me some very rough drafts of her story for me to read and even from those, I was already so emotionally touched, both in a negative and positive way. FYI re: the negative - it was a negative good, if that makes any sense? Like, I was bawling my eyes out but it writing makes you feel, down to the core of your being, that's really something!!!

Anyway, I struggled with how I wanted to depict art for her story but I ultimately decided on doing a fanmix. [livejournal.com profile] sulwen even graciously submitted a song herself! Thank you for that, bb! :D

This is my first fanmix ever and I hope it turned out okay! I may have gone a little overboard with the number of songs that made the final cut, tho. IDK what the "normal" amount is for a fanmix, but I'd assume anything less than 12 or 13 like a regular album? And lulz I have 16 songs here xD (At first I ended up with around 25 so there were a lot of rejects). I agonized hours and hours over the song choices but I'm happy with the turnout! I hope you feel the same way! Enjoy :D

Note: The song order is important. It starts off dark and depressing but it becomes more hopeful near the end.

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Fanmix Art




01 Undisclosed Desires - Muse
(Adam's POV)

I know you suffered
But I don't want you to hide
It's cold and loveless
I won't let you be denied

I want to exorcise the demons from your past
I want to satisfy the undisclosed desires in your heart

02 Bluetrace - Stateless
(Tommy's POV)

My mind is playing tricks on me
Images of fire to strike the stone

03 I Don't Want This Anymore - Straylight Run
(Tommy's POV)

I don't want this anymore
Don't wanna wanna give anymore
Don't wanna be...
Don't wanna be stuck here

04 We Fall - Umbrellas
(Adam's POV)

I'm tired of the silence
It seems all too common when things are standing still
I just can't describe what it feels like
To be on the outside looking in

I just wish there was something I could do for you
As we sit here, watching the ashes as they fall
And we fall
We fall

05 Fragile Tension - Depeche Mode
(Adam and Tommy's POV)

There's a strange obsession
It's drawing us nearer
We don't understand it
It never gets clearer

06 Somewhere - Within Temptation
(Adam's POV)

Almost hope you're in heaven so no one can hurt your soul
Living in agony 'cause I just do not know where you are

07 All The Way Down - Glen Hansard
(Tommy's POV)

And in the morning when you turn in
I'll be out of reach
And in the darkness when you find this
I'll be far to sea

08 It's About Time - Barcelona
(Adam's POV)

There’ve been too many times when I’ve drowned you with these perfect lines
And you’ve heard me say that I can cure you
This morning I woke up with this overwhelming fear of love
And I’m not sure if I can resurrect you

09 No One Else - Allison Iraheta
(Tommy's POV // [livejournal.com profile] sulwen's choice)

There's simply no one else
In the world I could ever find
Likes me when I'm low
And still tolerates me when I'm high

10 Set The Fire To The Third Bar - Snow Patrol
(Tommy's POV)

I'm miles from where you are,
I lay down on the cold ground
and I, I pray that something picks me up
and sets me down in your warm arms

11 Silver Lining - Hurts
(Adam's POV)

When the World surrounds you, I'll make it go away
Paint the sky with silver lining
I will try to save you, cover up the grey
With silver lining

12 Pyramids - Trouble Over Tokyo
(Tommy's POV)

I don't know if all I've got to give
Will ever be enough to lift the lid
But I understand that while I live
I'll build pyramids

13 My Sweet Prince - Placebo
(Adam's POV)

Me and the dragon can chase all the pain away
So before I end my day, remember
My sweet prince, you are the one

14 Rubik's Cube - Athlete
(Tommy's POV)

The world is too heavy
Too big for my shoulders
Come take the weight off me now

15 Lullaby - Assemblage 23
(Adam's POV)

Close your eyes now, if only for a moment
For it's time you get some rest
The wolves are gone and nothing here can harm you
Let go of your fragile consciousness

16 My Love - Sia
(Tommy's POV)

My love, look what you can do
I am mending, I'll be with you

Now I am strong, you gave me all
You gave all you had
And now I am home

Click on "♫" to download individually //
.zip (16 songs, 95.9 MB)

I'd love to hear your feedback! Let me know what you think! Also, if you decide to download, I'd appreciate it if you left a comment. Also also, if any of the links expire or don't work, let me know and I will re-upload them for you :D

After awhile I gave up trying to change the album art for all the songs. A few of them wouldn't cooperate and let me, so those are left with their regular album art. Some have no art at all. I tried to fix it but just gave up since I had to make this post /o\ Sorry, y'all! Hope no one minds...

* Please do not post my graphics on Tumblr, Fanpop, etc. If you are using my graphics on LJ, kindly credit me, [livejournal.com profile] x_serenade, somewhere. Thank you!

Date: 2011-02-26 06:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] matertenebrarum.livejournal.com

Date: 2011-02-26 08:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] x-serenade.livejournal.com

Thanks for commenting ♥

Date: 2011-02-26 08:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] matertenebrarum.livejournal.com

but anyways :P i wasn't so much a fan until their newer stuff, which is AMAZING. the album Compass is so good!!

Date: 2011-02-26 08:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] x-serenade.livejournal.com
Dang, they've been around that long! But that's awesome haha! :D

Yay thanks for the rec!!! \o/

Date: 2011-02-26 09:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] matertenebrarum.livejournal.com
yeah their (well HIS, it's only one guy) first album was really just a Covenant rip off so I didn't care much for it, but he's gotten way way better over the years

Date: 2011-02-26 09:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] x-serenade.livejournal.com
Ouch, yikes. Glad to hear he went on to do more original stuff!!

Date: 2011-02-26 07:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thrace-adams.livejournal.com
Really lovely art, I'm snagging the zip file. Thank you :)

Date: 2011-02-26 08:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] x-serenade.livejournal.com
Thank you so much, bb!! Enjoy the fanmix :)

Date: 2011-02-26 10:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] michira-70.livejournal.com
Very gorgeous artwork. Snagged the zip file. TY <3

Date: 2011-02-26 08:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] x-serenade.livejournal.com
Thanks for commenting! So glad you like the art - enjoy the mix :)

Date: 2011-02-26 10:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] 82beg.livejournal.com
Beautiful art :) Adam looks hot in glasses, who knew :) aaand the zip file snagged :P

Date: 2011-02-26 08:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] x-serenade.livejournal.com
omg your icon is adorable <3

Haha right? Tho Adam can pretty much look hot in anything ;) or nothing at all :P

Thanks so much!

Date: 2011-02-26 11:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] red-adam.livejournal.com
Hiya - sorry but we are having trouble with the download. My husband has tried too. Love the images and I know a couple of the songs, the rest will be new to me, and I would love to listen to them on my second reading. x x Lovely artwork too, thank you. Only the best for Sulwen. Loved your work for Dust and Microfiche too :D

Date: 2011-02-26 08:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] x-serenade.livejournal.com
Hi! I'm so sorry you're having trouble with it :( What exactly is the problem, if I might ask? After downloading you should unzip it to extract the files and the folder should open with all the songs inside. I don't know if that's the problem, but if not, let me know so I can help you :)

And thank you!! I tried to find songs that were unique and that weren't mainstream :) Thank you for the kind words on the artwork (for this and the other story). You're very sweet. I'm so glad you liked everything :)

Date: 2011-02-26 09:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] red-adam.livejournal.com
It wasn't downloading from mediafire in the first place - got to about 10% and failed. I've dowloaded from mediafire before but never so much at once. Maybe I should download one at a time?

Date: 2011-02-26 09:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] x-serenade.livejournal.com
Hmm :/ I just downloaded the .zip file myself to test it out and got to 100%. Could it be your internet? I could upload it to megaupload instead if you think that'll help? Downloading one at a time seems very tedious :(

Date: 2011-02-26 09:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] x-serenade.livejournal.com
Here's the megaupload link:

Date: 2011-02-26 11:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] 82beg.livejournal.com
Just had to comment again - listening to the fanmix and it is the most beautiful thing of beauty. Every song goes straight to the heart, it's scary, strange and marvelous how I love every single song in your fanmix. THANK YOU :D

Date: 2011-02-26 09:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] x-serenade.livejournal.com
Oh my gosh - Thank you SO much!!! It really means a lot that you left a comment, let alone two, and also gave the mix a chance. I'm thrilled to hear that you love it so much :)

Date: 2011-02-26 11:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cherub68.livejournal.com
Wow so much work, art is beautiful. Have snagged the fanmix. Thank you.

Date: 2011-02-26 09:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] x-serenade.livejournal.com
Thanks very much!! Hope you enjoy the fanmix :)

Date: 2011-02-26 08:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wbaker5286.livejournal.com
very interesting concept with the pictures. i love the way they reflect each other in them. reciprocity at its best. i did DL the zip, too. i love the way these songs are put together. gonna read the story now.

Date: 2011-02-26 09:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] x-serenade.livejournal.com
Aww thank you :) I worked hard on the order of the songs so the lyrics I chose could somehow chronically match the story's events (from what she sent me). Enjoy the mix and the story!!

Date: 2011-02-28 04:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] flametulip.livejournal.com
the artwork is BEAUTIFUL bb! and you made a fanmix! ♥♥♥♥♥♥ omg i am such a slut for fanmixes you have no idea. i am dling this rfn so i have awesome music to listen to while i read the story. *\o/*

Date: 2011-03-02 04:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] x-serenade.livejournal.com

Thank you!!! ♥ _ ♥ This was my first fanmix so I hope it turned out okay for your fanmix sluttish needs ;)

Date: 2011-02-28 07:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hannab2.livejournal.com
The art is so interesting. I almost feel like I don't know these characters so it makes me want to read the story. The fanmix is amazing! I love so many of those songs & am going to listen to the ones I don't know. Thanks for your hard, amazing work!!

Date: 2011-03-02 05:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] x-serenade.livejournal.com
Thanks so much for your kind words, Hanna!!!! <3

I haven't had time to read the story yet but I hope you enjoyed it and the songs I picked :)

Thanks again!

Date: 2011-03-01 02:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fairfax-verde.livejournal.com
Oh, this artwork is stunning! It is so perfect for such a haunting story. The fanmix looks amazing, I'm going to d/l it tomorrow (I'm on my netbook rn).

Fantastic work, my dear <3

Date: 2011-03-02 05:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] x-serenade.livejournal.com
Muchas gracias!!! ;)

I hope you enjoyed the mix and thanks for being so sweet, doll ♥

Date: 2011-03-02 01:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lelouch7.livejournal.com
omg this one is awesome :D

Date: 2011-03-02 08:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] x-serenade.livejournal.com
thank you!!! :D

Date: 2011-03-13 10:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] yukisherry.livejournal.com
pretty pretty pretty! i like! :D

Date: 2011-03-14 01:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] x-serenade.livejournal.com
thank you thank you thank you!!!! :D


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